2014 February Mix Six

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2012 Zinfandel, Easton Vineyards, Fiddletown, California
$19.99/bottle      $15.99/bottle (mix six $)
Whatever its origins, Zinfandel has long been considered California’s native red wine, and it is the grape variety most closely associated with Amador County. The finest Zinfandels issue from warmer growing regions, and Amador, east of Napa in the Sierra foothills near the Nevada border, has proven for over a century that its combination of climate and sun exposure on hillside vineyards of decomposed granite soils produces among the best Zinfandel in California; rich, hearty, concentrated wines with ripe berry flavors and an earthy, spicy character. Records indicate that Zinfandel has been cultivated in Amador since at least 1868. For most of the 20th century, Zinfandel had been used as a blending grape, lending its fragrance and opulence to jug wines or to produce simple, rough-hewn table wines. But during the 1970’s and 1980’s, a new generation of vintners, such as Bill Easton, migrated to the foothills and dedicated themselves to the production of exceptional Zinfandel.
This Amador County Zinfandel comes from 40-60 year old head pruned vines. These vineyards are planted on beautiful, rolling mountain sites that have the classic, vermilion-colored, Amador decomposed granite soil. The finished wine has full black cherry and blackberry fruit aromas with a beautiful balance and a big, sumptuous, and juicy mouth feel. It also presents complex spicy aromas, with a nice creamy texture derived from the 10 months time it receives in French oak barrels.
Drink with roast beef.

2011 Romeira, Caves Velhas, Alentejo, Portugal
$8.99/bottle      $7.19/bottle (mix six $)
The history of this winery dates back to the nineteenth century, when João Camillo Alves began his business in the wine trade. He first started to sell wines produced in the famous wine region of Bucelas, an excellent area for producing white wine highly appreciated not only in Portugal but also worldwide. With other family members joining the business in the 1920’s Jaoa, already past 50 years old, purchased Caves Velhas. He decided to put all of his holdings under that name.
This wine, Romeira, is made from local varieties, Alicante Bousquet and Trincadeiro. Structured and dark, this wine’s warm fruits are enmeshed in the firm tannins. It has richness and weight, with good sweet berry fruit flavors, and a juicy plum note on the finish.
Great for burgers and pasta dishes.

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Carelli (Latitud) 34°, Argentina
$10.99/bottle      $8.79/bottle (mix six $)
Carelli wines have achieved international recognition. Bodegas y Viñedos Santos J. Carelli was born in 1943, when Santos J. Carelli bought the winery, which was built in 1895. It comprises a late 19th century building, recently restructured by the famous Bórmida-Yanzón studio, maintaining its original construction and country-house style, with high ceilings, wooden floors and ornaments, and glass skylights, all of which create an intimate environment for visitors. The third generation is currently participating in the project, leading Carelli wines to achieve several international awards. The winery is located in Reducción, in the district of Rivadavia, to the south of Tunuyán River. Carelli has 140 hectares of their own vineyards in Rivadavia, San Martín and Junín. Carelli has an annual production of 12,000 hectoliters of their own grapes including Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Torrontés.
A fantastic cabernet, black vibrant fruit flavors and cinnamon spice on the nose. Great flavor on the palate of blackcurrants and baked plums, balanced well with medium acidity and soft tannins.
Drink with soups and stews.

2010 Rook, Cordivae, Washington
$15.99/bottle      $12.79/bottle (mix six $)
About 20 years ago, David O’Reilly, along with Peter Rosback, founded SineAnn and Owen Roe. Since then he has launched a succession of well thought out brands and line extensions from Oregon and Washington. Although he started with Oregon, he now makes just as many wines in Washington. Corvidae is a new wine project of Owen Roe. After a recent purchase of additional acreage in Yakima Valley, a new line of wines have been developed.
Corvidae is the Latin name for the family of birds that includes the Crow, Raven, Jay and Magpie. These “dark” birds are everywhere in the vineyards of Eastern Washington. Their reputation as crafty, adaptable, and somewhat dubious characters is a fitting icon for these suspiciously terrific value wines from this region.
The Rook is predominately Merlot 91% blended with Petite Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. It is aged 12 months in neutral French Oak barrels. Showing red and black fruits, orange peel, cinnamon and tobacco, this crisply textured red is balanced by fine grained tannins and a rich, yet soft mid-palate.
This is a wonderful match for roasted meats and red sauces.

 2012 Piesporter Goldtropfchen QbA, Johan Haart, Mosel, Germany
$13.99/bottle      $11.19/bottle (mix six $)
The Weingut Johann Haart was established in the 1920s after the grandfather of the current owner and winemaker, Gerd Haart, divided his vineyard holdings amongst his seven children. The estate covers nearly 15 acres; one-third of which is located within the single-vineyard Goldtröpfchen demarcation. The devonian slate soil and steep south/southwest exposure provides the basis for the classic, terrior-driven wines produced here.
The wine is ripe and fleshy, with apricot, almond and stone flavors. It’s backed by bright acidity, leaving a lip-smacking finish.
Great with spicy chicken dishes.

2012 Pinot Grigio, Zenato, Veneto, Italy
$11.99/bottle      $9.59/bottle (mix six $)
Fratelli Zenato is a third generation family owned vineyard and winery in the heart of the Lugana DOC district on the southern slopes of Lago di Garda. The microclimate of the area is very unique. Almost totally surrounded by mountains, the vineyards are protected from the cold Alpine winds, while benefiting from the warm winds of the Po valley. The lake itself moderates temperatures & creates a soothing fog that shields young vines from the morning sun. Sergio Zenato, the winemaker, is meticulous in his selection of grapes and methods of vinification. The Zenato estate has received many accolades for their efforts to raise the quality of the region.
Straw yellow in color with greenish highlights, and a delicate bouquet. This is a wine to be enjoyed young when one can best appreciate its zesty fruitiness. Refreshing and soft with a smooth, dry finish, this versatile Pinot Grigio is a great choice for any occasion.
Ideal with hors d’ouvres, soups and fish.


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